Mark 3:7-12 – A Multitude at the Seaside
Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, “You are the Son of God!” But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.
I’m not the tallest person by any means and there are more than a few times where I have a hard time seeing over people in front of me. I wonder about what the experience was for people trying to see (and hear) Jesus. As I think about this story, I think about the realities of life at times that makes it difficult to see Jesus, even when we are in need. There are times that it seems that life intervenes and times that we do things that cause us to have trouble seeing Jesus.